I read Hank's letter about a billion times before the reality of it all sank in. He liked me as much as I liked him, and he was going to wait for me until our year at the ranch was finished. He gave me assurance of his feelings and encouraged me that Christ was in control. He was excited to get to know me through the good and the bad, happy and sad (direct quote;). I felt such a flood of relief and pure joy, more than I’d ever experienced in my life. I’d never fallen this hard for a guy… and here he was falling for me too. It was a total dream come true. I was on cloud nine for the rest of the summer. By the time Fall came, I could feel that the end of the year was near. Work at the ranch was hard, and I was feeling pretty burnt out. But every once in a while, I would get the sweetest note in my mailbox filled with encouragement and assurance. One time there was even a handmade hemp necklace in the envelope with the most beautiful glass piece attached. He had used his free time for weeks to make me that necklace. I wore it to everythingJ We got to know each other as friends through Bible studies, prayer time, worship, and letters. I couldn’t believe, and still can’t, how perfectly the Lord orchestrated everything. He allowed me to meet my dream cowboy in such a safe and godly environment. My guard began to fall, and it was replaced by trust.